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Danish sideboard

- 09 Feb 2018 -
8 posts / 0 new

Hello all

Recently acquired this splendid Danish sideboard but struggling to identify it. I thought it might be Bernhard Pedersen & Søn but the owner of the company has told us it’s not.

Can anyone help?

It’s a 200cm teak model with tambour doors, small square handles and square legs.

See photos attached.

Thanks in advance.

Danish sideboard
1960 - 1969


- 10 Feb 2018

Made by ACO Mobler. Attributed to Axel Christensen as the designer. I know he designed some pieces for them, but not sure about this credenza.

- 10 Feb 2018

Now that I have looked into it more. A.C.O. refers to Axel Christensen and Odder, Denmark the location of the factory.

Possibly Axel Christensen was the owner and designer of some of the A.C.O. pieces, or he was just the owner of the factory. I've never seen much about ACO before. I believe they manufactured some Gunni Omann pieces as well.

- 10 Feb 2018

Thanks very much juanearl, I really appreciate your help.

- 10 Feb 2018

I have no idea where the Gunni Omann and Axel Christensen connection comes from. It really makes no sense based on industry standards. Gunni Omann was an owner, therefore if he did design work it was for himself, at least that is how it always ended up working out.

I suspect that this is a canard started by someone on the internet and repeated.

- 12 Feb 2018

That makes more sense. I suppose it's from the shape of the handles and the similarities in the tall sideboards. I've never given it much thought. According to this Pamono history, Gunni Omann never even designed furniture and was a salesman at the company.

- 14 Feb 2018

Juan's post reminded me of an e-mail exchange I had last year with Ulrich Omann, the 3rd generation owner of Omann Jun, which is still in business and recently started reissuing some mid century designs. I was inquiring into a table design, which I thought might be an Omann Jun, but instead turned out to be a similar design by H Sigh and Son, In the reply, Ulrich noted that Gunni was not the designer.

In follow-up e-mails yesterday, Ulrich reconfirmed that Gunni was responsible for "sales to the US", and that the design credit for all of Omann Jun's mid century pieces should not be for Gunni, but "by the family Omann, who have always contributed 100% to design and production".

Interestingly, Gunni's name does not appear even once in Omann Jun's website. All of the "Omann Design Classics" pieces have the design attributed to "Omann Jun". It would be nice to come across some old Omann Jun catalogs to see how attributions were addressed back then.

On a side commentary note: while it is always good to have direct feedback from direct descendants of Danish designers/manufacturers, that doesn't necessarily mean that their words are good as gold. I can think of two other instances where descendants have offered attribution information that has contradicted vintage documents. This is not to say that vintage documents are always correct, but that sometimes attributions can remain a little murky in spite of best efforts to clear them up.

- 25 Feb 2018

Thank you for your comments, very interesting to read.

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